Happy Fourth of July from Poland! With the addition of wifi I thought it was time for a post. It blows my mind that it's already been a little over a month since I began this crazy adventure called my Josiah Venture internship. My time in Europe has been filled with making music, new friendships, building relationships with the students we meet, as well as time for asking hard questions. For me, these hard questions involve what life will look like after August comes, and what God’s will for me in this new season of life is. The hard thing about these questions is that we don’t like to ask them, but for me, part of my reasoning for coming on this internship was to take a step forward in answering these very questions. Devotionals recently given by two of my teammates were very timely in the fact that I was forced to confront the question of what brought me back to Poland for a SECOND time, as well as questions like: what does knowing God that wants the best for me and promises me a full life when I trust him, and knowing his heart for bringing people to himself make me want to do? It’s with these questions in mind that I want to go into the rest of the summer.
I want to be able to be still enough on the inside to hear the voice of God from students I encounter, from teammates as we continue to go through the summer together (some of us in a very similar place: listening, looking and leaning in to God as some prepare for another year of college and are exploring the future, and others including myself are living the twenty-something life wondering what’s next) and act accordingly as I dive into the two camps that we still have on our schedule. I want these questions to be the guideposts for my heart and actions. Patience will also be something that I want to characterize this time, something that may seem counter-productive in American culture. It’s so Christian to say “I’m waiting on God”, yes, I know. However, I know that the God I am waiting on is also the one who uses all things for His good, and when we walk in his will there is peace and life beyond anything that we can comprehend. So, it’s with this new attitude that I meet my next few weeks, headed tomorrow with a group from Oklahoma, and one teammate as well as our “boss” for the summer to a village called Suszec (Sue-shetz) for an English camp with a Fusion track. It’s exciting to be off on another adventure, and I can’t wait to see God at work in and through everyone involved.